The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low
Merge Records 2011
The Rosebuds are an indie rock/dance/folk band from Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. However, Wikipedia wants you to know that they are not the original vocal group the Rosebuds who recorded for George Goldner’s Gee Records in the 1950s.
Its current, main, members are:
Ivan Howard (vocals/guitar/ drums/ bass/keyboards/programming) and Kelly Crisp (vocals/keyboard/drums/guitar/accordion).
On their fifth outing Loud Planes Fly Low lingers in a dreamlike state of unabashed pop melancholy with just a tinge of folk infliction. It hangs over the 10 songs that make up this album. That’s not a bad thing. If you’ve read anything about the band you will know Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp were married and are now divorced but are staying together as a band. Some marriages last for years, some marriages last for a few albums it seems.
I first heard the track “Limitless Arms” (Track 2) on Riverside’s KUCR. It’s production bathed in a pop dreamlike state of melancholy that I mentioned earlier is what hooked me. While that production value seems to be the “norm” these days (Monogold, The Antlers etc) it does compliment these set of songs.
On Limitless Arms Ivan sings “And I feel I’m reaching out for the last time, but I feel like I am reaching out like a child.” As if he wants to save something (the marriage), or someone, but helpless as one can feel as a child.
Limitless Arms, Come Visit Me, Waiting For You, and Woods are just a few of the key tracks on this album. This is a nice quiet vinyl pressing, purchased for 16 dollars at Mad Platter in Riverside. I highly recommend this album to anyone who is currently enjoying the crop of indie bands that are pushing their way forward in this genre.
You can read more about the Rosebuds from these links:
http://therosebuds.com/ – Official Site
http://www.mergerecords.com/artists/rosebuds – Artist Bio